Komen Says Criticism Over Planned Parenthood Unfounded


Business Week is carrying the Bloomberg News story, Komen Says Criticism Over Planned Parenthood Unfounded.

Talking about the investigation into Planned Parenthood that is the Komen Foundation’s excuse for withdrawing funding, the article states:

The foundation cited a probe by Representative Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, into whether New York-based Planned Parenthood is illegally using government money for abortions.

No other group has been told it won’t be receiving grants under the new criteria, though some “probably do” provide abortions, Brinker said. “We ask a lot of questions” of grantees, “but that’s not one of them.”

Mollie Williams, a former managing director for community health programs, resigned in January, according to her LinkedIn profile, a move that occurred after the board decided in December to withdraw the Planned Parenthood funds.

The last paragraph is probably just an unrelated incident that the news service has chosen to include here just to hype the story.  Well, that is plausible.

Talking about some donors that have stepped into the void to replace the funds removed by Kome, the article goes on to say:

The donation from the Fikes foundation was made “so that their health centers across the country can continue to put the real needs of women ahead of right wing ideology,” according to a statement on the group’s website. Lee Fikes didn’t return a call to the offices of Bonanza Oil seeking comment.

“Politics has no place in health care,” Bloomberg, the New York mayor, said in the statement about his donation. “Breast cancer screening saves lives and hundreds of thousands of women rely on Planned Parenthood for access to care. We should be helping women access that care, not placing barriers in their way.” Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.

So, given what Mayor Bloomberg has to say, (just coincidentally the founder of Bloomberg News), what is this story doing on a politics blog?  Maybe Komen’s denials about the relationship between their actions and politics is just so very hard to believe.  Does it add to an organizations credibility to stick to a story that is so hard to believe?  I wonder if they can recognize a public relations disaster when they see one.

Probably another unlikely coincidence that Bloomberg News has chosen to insert into the article is:

Some of the political context has centered on the Komen group’s April hiring of Karen Handel as senior vice president of public policy. Handel joined the organization after an unsuccessful Republican campaign for governor in Georgia.

In that race, Handel wrote on her blog that she would eliminate any state grants for organizations such as Planned Parenthood which, she wrote, “I do not support.”

Of course having read RichardH’s previous post, Diversion–Highway Fatalities and Lemons, you all “know the difference between correlation and causality”.

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